Open Awards Level 1 Award in Employability and Professional Development (RQF)

The primary purpose of this qualification is to recogonise development of employability skills and/or knowledge. This qualification has been designed to either support you with your active search for employment or aid you in your professional development whilst in the workplace. The qualification addresses the increased demand, as an outcome of a changing economy and competitive global environment, for employees across all sectors to be proficient in the application of generic and transferable employability skills. The qualification will enable learners to develop skills, attributes, behaviours and values which contribute to increased confidence and motivation and enable sustained and successful employment.

For the Level 1 Award, you will be required to complete 6 credits and commit to approximately 60 hours of learning. For the Level 1 Certificate, you will be required to complete 13 credits and commit to approximately 130 hours of learning. You will be required to complete credits from each of the unit groups Employability and Professional Development before choosing additional units from either/ both groups to complete the required credit value for the qualification.

Employability units include those such as

  • Writing a CV and Cover Letter
  • Preparing for Interviews
  • Job Applications

Professional Development units include

  • Understanding appraisals and Target Settings
  • Prioritisation Skills
  • Managing Stress in the Workplace

There are also additional units based on leaderships including

  • Self-management
  • Peer Mentoring
  • Improving Assertiveness and Decision Making

Functional Skills English

Functional Skills English is delivered according to the level of the learner after they have been assessed using a variety of assessment tools. The Supported Learning department encourages learners to develop their reading skills and takes part in the national Reading Ahead Scheme.  In order to qualify for the prize draw, learners must read a minimum of 6 publications over a period of around 6 months.

Functional Skills Maths

Functional Skills Mathematics qualifications are designed to give learners the skills to operate confidently, effectively and independently in education, work and everyday life. They have been created in response to employers’ perceptions that many learners are not achieving a sufficiently firm grounding in the basics.

Edexcel Functional Skills Qualification in Mathematics at Entry 3: learners should be able to

  • add and subtract using three-digit numbers
  • solve practical problems involving multiplication and division by 2, 3, 4, 5 and 10
  • round to the nearest 10 or 100
  • understand and use simple fractions
  • understand, estimate, measure and compare length, capacity, weight and temperature
  • understand decimals to two decimal places in practical contexts
  • recognise and describe number patterns
  • complete simple calculations involving money and measures
  • recognise and name simple 2-D and 3-D shapes and their properties
  • use metric units in everyday situations
  • extract, use and compare information from lists, tables, simple charts and simple graphs

Edexcel Functional Skills Qualification in Mathematics at Level 1: learners should be able to

  • understand and use whole numbers and understand negative numbers in practical contexts
  • add, subtract, multiply and divide whole numbers using a range of strategies
  • understand and use equivalences between common fractions, decimals and percentages
  • add and subtract decimals up to two decimal places
  • solve simple problems involving ratio, where one number is a multiple of the other
  • use simple formulae expressed in words for one- or two-step operations
  • solve problems requiring calculation, with common measures, including money, time, length, weight, capacity and temperature
  • convert units of measure in the same system
  • work out areas and perimeters in practical situations